Retail in brief | Ahold, Shop Apotheke, Vitamin Shoppe

Retail in brief | Ahold, Shop Apotheke, Vitamin Shoppe
Vitamin Shoppe's new concept store

11 October 2019 - Deborah Wilkes

Ahold Delhaize has acquired the Solvo Group, Vitamin Shoppe has unveiled a concept store, and Shop Apotheke Europe has released financial results.

Ahold Delhaize boosts Etos

Ahold Delhaize has announced that its Dutch drugstore chain Etos has taken over the Solvo Group, owner of several health-related websites.

Commenting on the deal, Ahold Delhaize said Etos was now the “largest provider of health and wellness information and products for consumers in the Netherlands”.

The Netherlands-based retailer added that the deal marked an “important step for Etos towards establishing a new drugstore concept that serves customers around the clock through a combination of physical stores and 24-7 online health information”.

Solvo operates several websites including solvo.nl, gezondheidsplein.nl, doktordokter.nl and ziekenhuis.nl. Ahold said Solvo was the largest online health information platform in the Netherlands, and operated a booking platform with around 5,000 active healthcare specialists.

Saskia Egas Reparaz, Etos brand president, said: “The combination of our physical stores with the Solvo platforms is an important step in our goal of realising the new drugstore, where information, advice and the range of products go hand in hand.”

Vitamin Shoppe unveils concept store

Vitamin Shoppe has unveiled a “next-generation wellness store” in the US.

The US-based specialty retailer said the concept store in Edgewater, New Jersey, brought a “new vision to wellness retail, incorporating technology-driven innovations in product, service and education into the Vitamin Shoppe experience, while elevating the customer journey through a simplified modern design and personalised elements”.

The store offers on-demand digital product guides, enhanced mobile point-of-sale checkout, a designated area to take the brand's new Only Me personalised health assessment, a body composition analysis station, and a supplement sampling machine.

Vitamin Shoppe plans to open five new stores with a similar format between now and January 2020.

Shop Apotheke Europe releases results

Shop Apotheke Europe's sales increased by 31% to almost EUR509 million (USD560 million) in the first nine months of 2019. Organic growth was 28%.

The Netherlands-based online pharmacy said sales in its DACH segment – Germany, Austria and Switzerland – had reached EUR448 million, up by 26% compared to the same period a year earlier.

Sales in the International region – covering Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain – increased by 80% to around EUR61.2 million.

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